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Guns fire on Patriots Day

The Patriots Day Parade was held Monday, April 21, starting at 9:30 at Brattle Street and ending about 10:40 a.m. at Bates Road in East Arlington.

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They includes the couple at right in Revolutionary dress who were riding beside a cannon and fired off flintlocks.

Festivities began with the Menotomy Minute Men raising the flag at Town Hall at 7 a.m. and ended with the Lancers’ reenactment of Paul Revere and William Dawes’ historic ride with a stop by Arlington Town Hall about 11:45 a.m. Jason Russell House tours are in the afternoon.

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Monday, April 21

7:00 a.m. Menotomy Flag Raising at Town Hall

Rise and shine with the Menotomy Minute Men!  Join the Minute Men in honoring the men who lost their lives on April 19, 1775.  The tribute starts at the Town Hall flagpole at 7:00 am. Visit the Minute Men’s website at

9:30 a.m. Patriots Day Parade

Show your Menotomy spirit and cheer along Massachusetts Avenue at this year’s Patriots Day Parade. Visit the parade’s website at

Road closures, parking restrictions

To allow for staging the parade, starting at 7 a.m. in Arlington Heights, Mass. Ave. between Park Ave. and Forest St. and Lowell St. between Mass. Ave. and Downing Square will be closed.

There will be parking restrictions along the parade route. Also feeder streets will have limited access during this time. Please plan your travel plans accordingly and walk to the parade if you can. You can view the parade route and staging area here.

11:30 a.m. Join the Menotomy Welcoming Committee at Town Hall.  

Pack a picnic lunch and eat on the lawn.  Enjoy family activities, music by Diane Taraz, and light refreshments while we wait for Lancer re-enactors Paul Revere and William Dawes.  The event is hosted by the Arlington Committee on Tourism and Economic Development and sponsored by Bowes Real Estate.  Follow the riders on Twitter: Menotomy’s Waiting, @greetriders.  Visit

The first group of riders arrive at the Arlington/Cambridge Town line at 11:30 a.m., arriving at the Town Hall at 11:45 a.m. The second group of horses should be arriving from West Medford Arlington Line (A block up from Town Hall Rt. 60) 11:50 a.m.  National Lancers website.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Jason Russell House tours

Visit the site of the fierce fighting on the first day of the American Revolution.  The Jason Russell House, 7 Jason St., will be open for tours from 11 am to 2 pm.  Admission: adults $5; children $2. Visit

No battle reenactments are scheduled for this year.

This story was published Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, and updated April 21

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